OMAHA – Division II met Division I for collegiate women’s basketball Wednesday evening.
From D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, the Wayne State College women’s basketball team visited Creighton University for an exhibition contest.
Creighton scored 20 points off 15 Wildcat turnovers and used a 23-1 fast break advantage during the 99-46 exhibition victory.
Creighton set the tone early with a 28-11 advantage in the first quarter and 30-10 in the second to lead 58-21 at the break. The Bluejays outscored WSC 20-16 in the third and again 21-9 in the fourth. Final favored CU over the Wildcats, 99-46. Creighton went 1-10 late in the game from the field and were on a scoreless drought for the final 3:41 seconds.
Senior Kylie Hammer paced WSC in scoring with 10 points (4-15 FG/1-5 3PT/1-1 FT), a team-high six rebounds (three offensive) and two assists. Junior Lauren Zacharias added nine points (3-9 FG/2-5 3PT/1-2 FT), three boards and a team-high three assists.
Freshman Tate Norblade finished with six points, three boards and two steals; freshman Maya Fitzpatrick also had six points and a rebound as the junior transfer Logan Hughes tacked on four points and four boards.
Other scoring came from junior Kassidy Pingel (four boards/one assist) and freshman Delaney Clark (two boards) with three points each; freshman Abby Kopecky (one board) and junior Ashley Gustavson both had two points and freshman Brigid Boyle (three boards/one block) scored one point for a total of 10 Wildcat scorers. Sophomore Aaliyah McMillan had three boards as sophomore Ella Skinner and Norblade also had one assist each.
WSC shot 16-63 (25.4%) from the field, 4-18 (22.2%) from behind the arc and 10-15 (66.7%) from the foul line.
Creighton used four players in double figure scoring led by double-double performer senior Payton Brotzki with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Emma Ronsiek added 16 points, senior Tatum Rembao tallied 11 points and another 10 points from sophomore Jayme Horan. Sophomore Mallory Brake grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds.
CU finished with 33 assists led by seven each from Rembao as well as sophomores Lauren Jensen and Molly Mogensen.
The Bluejays finished 38-71 (53.5%) from the floor, 8-28 (28.6%) from the three-point line and 15-19 (78.9%) from the charity stripe.
Creighton won the battle in paint (52-18), bench points (36-14) and second chance points (10-8) while winning the rebounding battle with 56 (12 offensive) compared to 30 from WSC (seven offensive).
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
11 10 21 16 9 46 – WSC
28 30 58 20 21 99 – Creighton
Creighton University will open their non-conference schedule at Drake (Des Moines, IA) on Wednesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. while the Wildcat women will begin their non-league schedule at Neman (Wichita, Kansas) on Saturday, November 13 at 2 p.m.